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Tasmania’s Stunning Trial Bay House Is For Sale

On The Market

One of Tasmania’s most architecturally spectacular homes, Trial Bay House, is for sale. 

Originally designed by architect Ray Heffernan in the 1970s, the home’s second and current owners undertook extensive renovations with architect James Jones. The project was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture in 2010, becoming the first Tasmanian property to win this prestigious prize. 

Take a closer look at this stunning home as it heads to market.

14th December, 2022

One of Tasmania’s most architecturally spectacular homes, Trial Bay House, is for sale. Photo – Dylan James

The home is located about 30 minutes south of Hobart in Kettering, Tasmania overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. Photo – Dylan James

Trial Bay House was originally designed by architect Ray Heffernan in the 1970s, before a major renovation by architect James Jones. Photo – Dylan James

A highlight of the renovation is the ‘Channel Room’—a robust pavilion made of precast concrete panels framing the property’s D’Entrecasteaux Channel views. Photo – Dylan James

The existing dwelling’s gable form, external wall lines and timber ceiling were all retained in the renovation, but the internal walls, internal and external openings, surfaces, and fittings were updated. 

Photos – Dylan James

Jones’ highly successful renovation was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ prestigious Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture in 2010, becoming the first house in Tasmania to achieve this honour. Photo – Dylan James

The thoughtful and fluid design allows the home to have two wings. In the main wing are the living and dining areas, kitchen, and main bedroom. Photo – Dylan James

The restored 1970s living room. Photo – Dylan James

Warm timbers continue into the bedrooms. Photo – Dylan James

The property contains four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Photo – Dylan James

Views of the water from the bedroom. Photo – Dylan James

The exterior view of the Channel Room. Photos – Dylan James

Trial Bay House is one remarkable home, in a truly breathtaking location overlooking Bruny Island. Photo – Dylan James

Amelia Barnes
Wednesday 14th December 2022

Located about 30 minutes south of Hobart in Kettering is one of Tasmania’s most outstanding homes, and it’s currently on the market. 

Trial Bay House was originally designed by architect Ray Heffernan in the 1970s. The vendors purchased property in 2002, later engaging architect James Jones to completely renovate the home, while adding a new living room, verandah, courtyard and garage.

The existing dwelling’s gable form, external wall lines, and timber ceiling were all retained, but the internal walls, internal and external openings, surfaces, and fittings were updated. 

A highlight of the renovation is the ‘Channel Room’—a robust pavilion made of precast concrete panels framing the property’s D’Entrecasteaux Channel views. The room is described as an ‘abstraction of a cinematographer’s camera, whereby the apertures have been adjusted to subject, view, and light’ to heighten the experience of the magnificent site.

Jones’ highly successful renovation was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ prestigious Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture in 2010, becoming the first house in Tasmania to achieve this honour.

Trial Bay House is one remarkable home, in a truly breathtaking location. The property is situated on 42 acres inclusive of a contained guest house and features a 10kW solar array with a Tesla battery.

3101 Channel Highway, Kettering, Tasmania is listed with Forbes Global Properties for sale via expressions of interest.

The property is situated on 42 acres. Photo – Dylan James

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